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The Board of Mariam Clinic serves as the governing authority which functions according to the Mariam Clinic By-Laws.


  • The board elects the Chairman of the Board, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, and the Treasurer

  • The board appoints an Executive Committee to manage day to day operations of the clinic

  • The board reviews Mariam Clinic by-laws annually.

  • The board appoints committees under the leadership of various board members

  • The Treasurer prepares the annual budget and the board approves the budget. The Treasurer also provides oversight over the Clinic’s financial books and records and provides monthly financial reports to the Board, as requested.

Munir Abdullah, Ph.D. - Chairman

Dr. Abdullah is a retired Pharmaceutical Executive with 25 years of experience in Regulatory Affairs. Most recently he served as Executive Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Project Management at Cempra Pharmaceuticals retiring in December 2017. Previously, Munir was Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs serving in roles of increasing responsibility at GlaxoSmithKline for 22 years. Dr. Abdullah received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Queen's University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK and was recipient of a fellowship from Ulster Cancer Foundation, Northern Ireland. He also conducted postdoctoral research at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) in RTP.

Tahir Sheikh - Vice Chairman

Tahir has a masters degree in engineering from Lehigh University, Pennsylvania. He spent most of his career working for Nortel and Nokia in their international divisions in the US and overseas. His background is primarily in management associated with Research & Development, Product Planning, Strategic Planning, and Business Planning. 

He retired in 2011. He joined the Mariam Clinic Board in 2015.

Fiaz Fareed - Outreach

Fiaz Fareed arrived in the US in 1986 having worked in Saudi American Oil Company (Aramco). Studied Nuclear Medicine Technology in New Jersey. Relocated to Raleigh, NC in 1996 and has worked in all the major area hospitals (Duke, UNC, WakeMed) and overseas (King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia). Joined Mariam Clinic from its inception with a passion to help the needy. Member of several national and international non-profit organisations and currently the Chairperson of both the Outreach Committee at the Islamic Association of Raleigh and Mariam Clinic Outreach and Recruting

Sumera Hayat

Sumera Hayat completed her medical school at Jefferson Medical College in Pennsylvania, her residency in Family Medicine at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina, and her MPH from University of North Carolina. After working in the Navajo Reservation and at West Virginia University, Sumera’s family moved back to North Carolina where she joined the Duke Family Medicine Department. In 2007, she helped open Mariam Clinic. Since 2008, she has been a part of Mariam Clinic remotely as she has worked in Tanzania and in Malawi as part of multiple maternal health projects.  She has been surprised at the similarities in health care problems shared by the poor in sub- Saharan Africa and North Carolina.  Sumera's sister tragically passed away in 2014, and in July 2015 she moved to Fresno California to take over her sister's clinic.  Despite all these changes, she remains involved in the Mariam Clinic and volunteers in the clinic when she can. 

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Melanie Mintzer

Melanie Mintzer

Sameh Mubarak

Sameh Mubarak

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Abrar Sattar - Treasurer

Abrar has a Master’s in Public & International Affairs from University of Pittsburg; has been a resident of the Triangle area for over 30 years and is gainfully employed in the Contracts office of RTI International. He volunteers as a weekend teacher on Islamic Studies; has remained Treasurer of Islamic Association of Raleigh for over 10 years, has served in the IAR Board for 3 years, and as the HOA Treasurer for over 10 years. He joined Mariam Clinic Board in August 2018 and is now serving as the Treasurer of Mariam Clinic.

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Adilah Shabazz

Adilah Shabazz is a retired Mass Communication/Journalism professional. She worked as a Staff Member and News Writer at the Associated Press and CBS-TV - New York City. She has also been an instructor of Mass Communications, Journalism and English at University of South Carolina at Sumter and Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina.  Adilah has a masters in Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina. She has volunteered at the Islamic Association of Raleigh in various roles for several years and continues to do so. Adilah has also been a successful businesswoman and entrepreneur. Currently, she has established Spreadable Delights, a company providing homemade artisan preserves, salsa, sweets and health and wellness products.

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Mariya Shaikh

Mariya Shaikh has been a resident of the Triangle since 2000. She has an MBA from East Carolina University and has served in Finance roles within the tech sector (IBM & Lenovo) as well as the pharmaceutical industry.  She is currently the Managing Director of MarSha MedSpa in Garner, NC. Mariya has volunteered in IAR since 2004 and served as IAR Finance Chair for 8 years. She has also served on WCPSS BAC where she worked to gather support and eventual approval for a TWD on school calendar for the Muslim Eid holiday. She also works with local churches as well as ZFNC to help with winter drives for food and other needed items. Mariya and her husband, who is also a volunteer with MC, enjoy traveling with their children as well as exploring local trails across NC.

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